“government Should Never Keep Assets Seized From Innocent People,” Hickenlooper Said In A Written Statement.

Sullivan: Is media coverage of Trump too negative? You’re asking the wrong question. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that changes how state law enforcement seize money and property  suspected of being linked to crimes, despite pressure from Colorado sheriffs and police chiefs who say the measure will hurt investigations. “Government should never keep assets seized from innocent people,” Hickenlooper said in a written statement. “ House Bill 1313 is an important first step to address problems inherent in the civil forfeiture laws.” The Democrat’s decision came within about an hour of his deadline to sign or veto  bills passed during the legislative session and amid down-to-the-wire speculation about whether he would reject the measure. In making the legislation law, he created a task force to further analyze and develop policies involving civil asset forfeiture, and directed legislators to seek ways to fund police departments and sheriffs offices that could lose money because of the new statute. “Complex reform does not happen overnight,” Hickenlooper wrote in a letter explaining his decision. “… Striking the right balance inevitably takes time. Today, we begin medical marijuana a process of reforming civil asset forfeiture.” CAF reform is a great example of progress that can be made when differing viewpoints come together in support of civil liberties.

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